Fox receives Marvin A. Pomerantz Award

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Marvin A. Pomerantz award recipient, Jonathan Fox, teaching a course on Iowa State's campus.

AMES, Iowa – Jonathan Fox, the Ruth Whipp Sherwin Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, is the recipient of Iowa State’s Marvin A. Pomerantz Award. The award recognizes a faculty member each year for their outstanding teaching, research, and/or outreach.

He is a widely recognized scholar in the field of family financial education and program evaluation centered on the promotion of healthy finances and marriage. His recent published research focuses on the effectiveness of interventions in improving financial health and subsequently, family outcomes.

He is also an exceptional mentor for graduate associates working in the financial counseling and planning field, many of whom he continues to collaborate with on research. Fox developed and regularly delivers distance courses for Iowa State’s professional master’s program in Family Financial Planning, making it one of the largest programs offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA). He has advised over 50 graduate students with many of them now serving Iowans as practicing financial counselors and planners. The graduates are uniquely trained in the value of reducing economic stress to build family stability.

Fox led the curriculum revision and development process of Iowa State’s undergraduate program and it is now registered with the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards. The curriculum covers the 72 required topics needed to earn the CFP designation.

Fox is a leading researcher in a field that changes lives, and he does it all with a focus on undergraduate and graduate student success.

The Pomerantz Award includes $4000 to support scholarly activities. The ISU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost administers the award, which is made on a rotating basis among Iowa State’s academic colleges.


Jonathan Fox


Department: Human Development and Family Studies